Monday, March 29, 2010
How to Kill People
There are a lot of ways to kill people. As a romantic suspense writer, I have to know as many as I can and find the one that fits the story I'm writing. Of course, there is always the old standby of shooting a person with a gun or using a knife. Then there is strangling someone. Or how about using poison? The problem there is finding the right one that will work in your story.
What is the most unusual way you've read or heard of someone being murdered? One (The Adventure of the Speckled Band) I read about in a Sherlock Holmes's short story collection was interesting. It was the story where a swamp adder from India was used to slink up and down a bell-rope and through a ventilator into the bedroom next door. The swamp adder might not bite the victim the first or second night but would eventually. The snake was lured back to the room where he was kept with a whistle. The victim was locked in the room so it was a mystery of how the person died when she was locked inside.